The First Phase of the TEMPUS ASPIRE is Completed

Today, the last seminar was organized within the framework of the international TEMPUS ASPIRE programme on “Access of Individuals with Special Needs to Public”; lecturers from different faculties of the University were trained in a series of seminars for two continuous months.

In order to realize a monitoring, the Coordinator of the TEMPUS Armenia Ms. Lana Karlova was also present at the seminar together with the representative of the Technical University of Kosice Slovakia, the Head of the “Access Center for Persons with Disabilities” Ms. Alyona Galadova who made a video presentation about the technical equipment of their center.

“The trained lecturers should bear on their shoulders the great responsibility of coordinating the higher education of persons with disabilities,” mentioned the Dean of the Faculty of Primary Education, the Coordinator of the International programme “Access of Individuals with Special Needs to Public” Ms. Heghinei Khachatryan and added that the training of the professionals would be ongoing.

Besides, speaking about the first phase of trainings, Ms. Heghinei Khachatryan ensured that in the course of seminars lasting for two months the participants received not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills to be able to work with students with limited abilities.

Moreover, within the framework of the TEMPUS ASPIRE programme the already trained lectures, the Deputy Dean of Education of the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology Ms. Lida Aramyan expressed her opinion that this was a significant step in the task of arranging higher education for persons with special needs.

“The involvement of different lecturers and specialists will make it more effective; a wide diversity of approaches, new methods and formats are presented and discussed,” Ms. Lida Aramyan added.

More to the point, the lecturer of the Department of Museology and Monuments Studies Mr. Davit Poghosyan has an experience of working with persons with limited abilities only at the museums for the time being; however, he will try to combine his experience and the knowledge received after the trainings at the university programmes.

“Involving person with disabilities into the public activities implies their integration into the educational environment; the process will be greatly assisted by the foreign country experience and awareness of technologies,” Mr. Davit Poghosyan mentioned in his speech to the and observed that the programme implementation itself is a step by step process that will be coordinated by the requirements of the students with disabilities.

At the end of the seminar the participants of the TEMPUS ASPIRE received training certificates of the first phase.

To sum up, the aim of the TEMPUS ASPIRE programme that commenced in 2012, was to create favorable education environment for the higher education of young people with special needs.